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EMSE 1149 - Advanced EMS Pharmacology

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 2
Course Description: This course introduces the applications and principles of pharmacological interventions and intravenous cannulation commonly used in the prehospital environment. Emphasis is placed upon drug classifications, dosage calculations, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of medications and their administration routes and techniques. Students will practice IV/IO access, blood draws, and medication administration skills. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Completion of EMSE 1146  with a grade of C or higher; assessment score placement in MATH 0070  or above, or completion of MATH 0030  or MATH 0060  with a grade of “B” or higher, or completion of MATH 1000  with a grade of “B” or higher; Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions; current AHA BLS Healthcare Provider certification; current state EMT certification; current healthcare insurance; valid drivers license; drivers license check passed according to MnSCU policy.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Autonomic Nervous System Organization and function Peripheral nervous system characteristics Autonomic nervous system characteristics
  2. Emergency Medications Names Actions Indications Contraindications Complications Routes of administration Side effects Interactions Dosages for the medications administered
  3. Medication Administration Patient administration
  4. Paramedics Scope of Management Mathematical equivalents Medical Direction
  5. Principles of Intravenous Access Cannulation Infusion Blood draws Solutions Setups Asepsis Intraosseous Needles
  6. Principles of Pharmacology Medical legislation Naming Classification Schedules Storage and security Administration routes Autonomic pharmacology Metabolism and excretion Mechanism of medication action Phases of medication activity Pharmacokinetics Medication response relationships Medication interactions Toxicity Types of patients Universal precautions Asepsis

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. differentiate names of a drug.
  2. discuss special considerations in drug administration.
  3. describe legislative acts controlling drug use and abuse.
  4. describe drug classification.
  5. review anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system.
  6. describe historical trends in pharmacology.
  7. calculate drug dosages.
  8. demonstrate intravenous access.
  9. demonstrate techniques for obtaining blood samples.
  10. describe drugs that the paramedic may administer according to local protocol.
  11. describe general principles of peripheral venous cannulation.
  12. describe mechanisms of drug actions.
  13. discuss legal aspects of medication administration.
  14. discuss medical asepsis.
  15. integrate the pathophysiology of pharmacology with patient assessment.
  16. perform routes of medication administration.
  17. synthesize a field impression to implement a pharmacologic management plan.
  18. utilize universal precautions and body substance isolation.

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